If you've been dreaming of a luxurious alpine getaway, an ultra-luxe chalet offers a bucket-list experience in B.C.'s breathtaking mountains.
While many Vancouverites visit Whistler Blackcomb for holiday ski and snowboarding trips, Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers the longest vertical descent of any ski resort in North America, with a 1,710 metres vertical drop. It features 75 runs and the longest is 15.2 km; it also has four alpine bowls.
Given the impressive amount of snow it receives — 40 to 60 feet annually — the resort was named the "No. 1 Best Kept Secret Ski Resort in North America" by FlightNetwork in 2017.
The popular town has also been dubbed the “heli-ski capital of the world." With over 500,000 acres of "unspoiled wilderness" in the Selkirk Tangiers, the destination offers a variety of terrain options, according to the resort.
Parts of the terrain feature sprawling, untouched glaciers, old-growth cedar rainforest, and rolling meadows.
Revelstoke is located roughly six-and-a-half hours from Vancouver, so it might not be an ideal weekend getaway by car. For folks looking for a week-long stay, however, the drive up the mountainous destination offers breathtaking vistas along the way.
But winter enthusiasts looking for a decidedly gourmet experience will want to stay at a new chalet.
A bucket list heli-skiing experience for travel in Canada
Located just a five-minute drive from the resort, the Flying Moose Chalet opened in 2021 and recently added a fully loaded Heli-lounge to its services and amenities. Its private helipad is designed to a Bell 212 standard and can accommodate helicopters up to 15 passengers.
Revelstoke's town centre, with a variety of unique shops and restaurants, is a short 10-minute drive from the chalet. Guests stay in one of eight luxury bedroom suites in the beautiful, 8,200 square-foot timber frame home. Each of the suites comes equipped with an array of amenities including luxury bath products, 400-thread-count bed linens, plush towels and robes.
The Flying Moose Chalet also includes an 800-square-foot, expansive Heli-lounge where guests can prepare for alpine adventures in the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains.
Early birds can take advantage of morning stretch classes followed by hot espressos in the Heli-lounge. Here, guides prepare guests for the current weather and the day’s terrain selection, as well as pre-flight details.
The Heli-lounge also features "custom-milled heated bench seating, spacious areas for hanging and drying personal gear, boot warmers, and a highly engineered air return system, all contribute to elevating the heli-skiing experience to a whole new level of comfort and indulgence."
After an action-packed day on the hills, alpine enthusiasts head back to the lounge for a signature cocktail while they watch their day’s adventures streamed on a big screen and accompanied by a soundtrack.
The resort says it also prides itself on "exemplary service and customized hospitality" with a dedicated team of on-call private butlers, drivers, servers, and housekeepers. There is also an expansive vaulted great room, fireside lounge, steam spa, and fitness and media room.